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Arthur Kilgore Mine Scrip Collection, n.d.

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95k01 Guide to the Arthur Kilgore Mine Scrip Collection Processed by: Robert Underwood; machine-readable finding aid created by:Hilary Writt Special Collections and Archives Morehead State University Camden-Carroll Library Morehead, Kentucky 40351 USA Phone: (606) 783-2829 Copyright 1998 Morehead State UniversityLibraries. All Rights Reserved. Machine-readable finding aid derived from typescript by rekeying.Date of source: Date completed Description is in English. Guide to the Arthur Kilgore Mine Scrip Collection msuseal Contact Information Special Collections and Archives Morehead State University Camden-Carroll Library Morehead, Kentucky 40351 Phone: (606)783-2829 Processed by: Robert Underwood Date Completed: n.d. Encoded by: Hilary Writt Copyright 1999 Morehead State University. All Rights Reserved. Arthur Kilgore Mine Scrip Collection, n.d. 95K01 Kilgore, Arthur, 1895-1957 200 items Morehead State University Special Collections and Archives Morehead, Kentucky 40351 USA Collection is open for research. Copyright has not been assigned to Morehead State University. [Identification of item], Arthur Kilgore Mine Scrip Collection, 95K01, Special Collections and Archives, Morehead State University, Morehead. Coal Mines and Mining Scrip Token Information is organized according to the following order: Catalogue designation (Rarity rating), Company name, Location, Manufacturer. This listing is organized alphabetically by state and then by town within each state. Companynames and towns are listed as they appear on the token itself except that material in parenthesisdoes not appear on the token. Tokens in the same series are listed together. For further information, see Edkins Catalogue of Coal Company Store Scrip, published by theNational Scrip Collectors Association, Inc. The initial pieces of Arthur Kilgore Mine Scrip Collection were donated to Camden-CarrollLibrary by Bob Underwood to honor his grandfather, Arthur Kilgore, 1895-1957, who was along-time international representative of the United Mine Workers of America. Mr. Kilgoreworked primarily in the coal fields of Southeastern Kentucky. The Kilgore Collection was substantially increased by members of the National Scrip CollectorsAssociation. Mr. Underwood supplied descriptions and information about individual pieces. The system of identification adopted by the National Scrip Collectors Association, Inc., and usedby Edkins' Catalogue of Coal Company Store Scrip uses the following components: State Identification: Two-letter abbreviation for the state where issued. Town Identification Number: A unique 1-4 digit number assigned to each community in the USwhere scrip was known to have been issued. When the system was developed, towns werealphabetized without regard to state and numbers were assigned sequentially. Series Designator: An upper case letter designating a series of scrip substantially alike in design,differing primarily in size and denomination. Nominal value: A 1-4 digit number designating the value of the piece in cents. (1 = one cent, 10= ten cents, 100 = one dollar, 1000 = ten dollars, etc.) Subscript: A lower case letter denoting minor variations in size, material, or manufacturer inotherwise identical scrip. Retail value of scrip is determined by the rarity of a particular piece or set. Rarity values, basedupon the number of pieces known to be in circulation, are assigned as follows: R-1, 300 or more;R-2, 200-299; R-3, 150-199; R-4, 100-149; R-5, 75-99; R-6, 50-74; R-7, 25-49; R-8, 10-24;R-9, 5-9; R-10, 1-4. For a more complete description of the origin, uses, identification, and valuation of scrip, seeEdkins' Catalogue of Coal Company Store Scrip and Explosive Control Tokens. Until the late 1950's, when changes in federal and state laws, along with changing economicrealities doomed the practice, many companies issued tokens, or scrip, for use by theiremployees in company run stores. This practice was especially widespread in the coal fields ofAppalachia, where many miners also lived in company owned towns. In these company towns or"coal camps," the only store in town was usually owned or run on behalf of the coal company. In theory, scrip was an advance against unearned wages and usable only by the employee towhom it was issued. In practice, many miners were never able to fully retire their debt to thecompany store and scrip became the unofficial currency of the community, even being placed inthe collection plates of some coal town churches. "Tennessee" Ernie Ford recorded a song,"Sixteen Tons," about this practice in the 1950's when the company store system was dying. Scrip was manufactured in an almost endless variety of sizes, shapes, and designs from a varietyof materials. Most scrip was made of metal, although there are numerous examples of tokensmade from "compressed fibre," a paper-like substance. Most fibre scrip was issued duringWorld War II to save the metals for the war effort. Identification of scrip takes into account thesedifferences and assigns a unique number to each identifiable variety of token. Scrip was usually denominated in the same values as U.S. currency. However, at least twocompanies issued a piece denominated three cents. The largest tokens were most frequently$1.00 face value. Pieces with a higher face value are very common. Special tokens, called"exploders," were used to facilitate the issuance of blasting powder, caps, and dynamite. The obverse of the token usually indicated the name of the company or store issuing the scrip,and the value of the piece. A place name frequently appeared, not always where the token wasused. Sometimes, the location of the general offices of the coal or store company appearedinstead. The reverse of the scrip usually contained the name and logo. Designs changed fairly frequentlyand are usually considered minor variants by collectors, if the obverse is unchanged. Otherinformation, such as value and name of the issuing company is sometimes added. Pieces with nomanufacturer identification exist in abundance and are termed "unattributed." Related Material Additional information concerning scrip and the companies that used it can be found in Edkins' Catalogue of Coal Company Store Scrip and 10,000 Coal Company Stores, compiled by Gordon Dodrill. Both works are in the Appalachian-Kentucky Collection of Camden-CarrollLibrary. Container List Company Store Tokens Scrip added to collection before February, 1997 ky_75b1b KY 75B1b (R-2) Black Star Coal Co., Inc. Alva, Ky. Master Metal Ingle-Schierloh Co. ky_1597c5 KY 1597C5 Leevale Collieries, Inc. Leevale, KY Insurance Credit System ky_975h5 KY 975H5 (R-1) Yokum Creek Coal Co., Inc. Evarts, Ky. Osborne Register Company ky_975h25 KY 975H25 (R-1) Yokum Creek Coal Co., Inc. Evarts, Ky. Osborne Register Company ky_1169a100 KY 1169A100 (R-5) The Wilson-Berger Coal Co. Unattributed manufacturer ky_1169c100 KY 1169C100 (R-5) Wilson-Berger Coal Co. Grays Knob, Ky. Insurance Credit System ky_1323e100 KY 1323E100 Seagraves Coal Company Highsplint, Ky. Osborne Register Company ky_1441d1a KY 1441D1a Consolidation Coal Company, Inc. Jenkins, (Ky.) Osborne Register Company ky_1441e1 KY 1441E1 Receivers of the Consolidation Coal Company Jenkins, (Ky.) Osborne Register Company ky_1605f100 KY 1605F100 (R-4) Berger Coal Mining Co., Inc. Le Junior, Ky. Osborne Register Company ky_2091a100 KY 2091A100 Norton Coal Mining Company, Incorporated (Nortonville, Ky.) Unattributed manufacturer ky_2197b10 KY 2197B10 (R-3)C. E. Flanary Store (Pee Vee, Ky.) (company store for Loony Creek Coal Co.) Unattributed manufacturer ky_2197b25 KY 2197B25 (R-3) C. E. Flanary Store (Pee Vee, Ky.) (company store for Loony Creek Coal Co.) Unattributed manufacturer ky_2545b100_1 KY 2545B100_1 (R-3) South East Coal Company, Incorporated Seco, Ky. Osborne Register Company ky_2677g50 KY 2677G50 (R-7) Tierney Mining Co., Inc. Stone, Ky. Insurance Credit System ky_2677e100 KY 2677E100 (R-7) Tierney Mining Co., Inc. Stone, Ky. Insurance Credit System ky_2677g10 KY 2677G10 (R-7) Tierney Mining Co., Inc. Stone, Ky. Insurance Credit System ky_2677g5 KY 2677G5 (R-1)Tierney Mining Co., Inc. Stone, Ky. ky_2677g25 KY 2677G25 (R-2) Tierney Mining Co., Inc. Stone, Ky. ky_2929a5a KY 2929A5 (R-5) Wallins Creek Coal Co., Incorporated Wallins, Ky. Unattributed manufacturer ky_2929j10 KY 2929J10 (R-5) Wallins Creek Coal Co., Incorporated Wallins, Ky. Unattributed manufacture ky_2929j25 KY 2929J25 (R-5) Wallins Creek Coal Co., Incorporated Wallins, Ky. Unattributed manufacture ky_2929k5 KY 2929K5 (R-5) Wallins Creek Coal Co., Incorporated Wallins, Ky. Unattributed manufacturer pa_1733d25 PA 1733D25 (R-4) Liberty Trading Co. Madera, Pa. (company store for Alexander Coal Co. and Liberty Coal Mining Co.) Unattributed manufacturer tn_583b100 TN 583B100 (R-6) Clinchmore Coal Mining Co. Clinchmore, Tenn. Osborne Register Company tn_783c50 TN 783C50 (R-3) Trimore Coal Corp. Devonia, Tenn. Osborne Register Company tn_1047b100 TN 1047B100 (R-5) Rennebaum Coal Company (Fork Ridge, Tenn.) Osborne Register Company tn_1047c1a TN 1047C1a Rennebaum Coal Company (Fork Ridge, Tenn.) va_291c10 VA 291C10 (R-1) Gibson Fuel Co., Inc. Blackwood, Va. Osborne Register Company va_291c50_1 VA 291C50_1 (R-2) Gibson Fuel Co., Inc. Blackwood, Va. Osborne Register Company va_1499f25 VA 1499F25 (R-2) Jewell Ridge Coal Corp. Jewell Ridge, Va. Osborne Register Company va_1499f100 VA 1499F100 (R-3) Jewell Ridge Coal Corp. Jewell Ridge, Va. Osborne Register Company va_2089h100 VA 2089H100 (R-4) Norton Coal Company Norton, Va. Osborne Register Company wv_81h10_1 WV 81H10_1 (R-3) Amherst Coal Company Amherstdale, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_81v1 WV 81V1 Guyan Eagle Stores Amherstdale, W. Va. (company store for Guyan Eagle Coal Co.) Osborne Register Company wv_177j1 WV 177J1 (R-1) Koppers Stores Div. (Beards Fork, W. Va.) (large store company for many different coal companies in different towns) Osborne Register Company wv_243c1_1 WV 243C1 (R-5) Leccony Smokeless Fuel Co. (Besoco, W. Va.) Master Metal Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_243d5 WV 243D5 (R-4) Leccony Smokeless Fuel Co. (Besoco, W. Va.) Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_443b5 WV 443B5 (R-1) Cameo Splint Coal Company Cameo, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_443b10 WV 443B10 (R-1) Cameo Splint Coal Company Cameo, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_443b25 WV 43B25 (R-1)Cameo Splint Coal Company Cameo, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_503a5 WV 503A5 (R-3) Continental Store Co. Cassville, W. Va. (Cassville, W. Va.) Master Metal Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_505f100 WV 505F100 (R-5) Continental Coal Co. Cassville, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_551c1 WV 551C1 (R-2) Dixport Coal Company Cinco, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_717c5b WV 717C5b Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_717c1 WV 717C1 (R-1) Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_717c10_1 WV 717C10_1 (R-2) Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_717c10_2 WV 717C10_2 (R-2) Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_717c25 WV 717C25 (R-2) Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_717c50 WV 717C50 (R-3) Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_717c100 WV 717C100 (R-4) Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_969e1a WV 969E1a (R-1) Princess Dorothy Coal Co. Eunice, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_1153c1a WV 1153C1a (R-2) Detroit Mining Co. Gordon, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_1295g10 WV 1295 G10 (R-1) Merrill Stores Co. Henlawson, W. Va. (company store for Merrill Coal Mines, Inc.) Osborne Register Company wv_1315f5 WV 1315F5 (R-4) Ennis Coal Co. (Hiawatha, W. Va.) Osborne Register Company wv_1477m1 WV 1477M1 (R-1) Oglebay Norton Co. Kayford, W. Va. Master Metal Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_1485b5 WV 1485B5 (R-6) Columbus-Darby Coal Co. Keith, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_1485b10 WV 1485B10 (R-6) Columbus-Darby Coal Co. Keith, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_1485b25 WV 1485B25 (R-6) Columbus-Darby Coal Co. Keith, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_1485b50 WV 1485B50 (R-6) Columbus-Darby Coal Co. Keith, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_1501a1000 WV 1501A1000 Earlson Coal Co. Kermit, W. Va. Insurance Credit System wv_1583a50 WV 1583A50 (R-6) Greenwood Coal Co. Lawton, W. Va. Insurance Credit System wv_1583b100 WV 1583B100 (R-5) Greenwood Coal Co. Lawton, W. Va. Insurance Credit System wv_1583d5 WV 1583D5 (R-4) Greenwood Coal Co. Lawton, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_1583d10 WV 1583D10 (R-4) Greenwood Coal Co. Lawton, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_1583e1 WV 1583E1 (R-5) Greenwood Coal Co. Lawton, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_1656e5 WV 1656E5 (R-2) The New River Company Lochgelly, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_1677g1a WV 1677G1a (R-4) The Lorado Store Lorado, W. Va. (company store for the Lorado Coal Mining Co.) Osborne Register Company wv_1697h25 WV 1697H25 (R-2) Logan County Coal Corporation Lundale, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_1697n25_1 WV 1697N25_1 (R-2) Logan County Coal Corporation Lundale, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_1747h1 WV 1747H1 (R-1) Robinson Run Store Maidsville, W. Va. (company store for Robinson Run Coal Co.) wv_1861a1 WV 1861A1 (R-1) C. H. Mead Coal Co. Mead, (W. Va.) Insurance Credit System wv_2141a1 WV 2141A1 (R-4) The New River Company Oswald, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_2293f10 WV 2293F10 (R-6) The New River Company Price Hill, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_2355a1 WV 2355A1 (R-1) Ravencliff Development Company Ravencliff, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_2389d1 WV 2389D1 (R-8) E. C. Minter Coal Co. Rhodell, (W. Va.) Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_2389f1 WV 2389F1 (R-5) E. C. Minter Coal Co. Rhodell, (W. Va.) Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_2489a1 WV 2489A1 (R-1) Belle Mead Coal Company (Sabine, W. Va.) Ingle-Schierloh Co. wv_2531f5 WV 2531F5 (R-1) The New River Company Scarbro, W. Va. wv_2573e1 WV 2573E1 (R-1) Boone County Coal Corp. Sharples, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_2647e5 WV 2647E5 (R-1) The New River Company Stanaford, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_2647e10 WV 2647E10 (R-3) The New River Company Stanaford, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_2647e50 WV 2647E50 (R-5) The New River Company Stanaford, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_2711f10 WV 2711F10 (R-5) The New River Company Summeree, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_2723i1 WV 2723I1 (R-1) Lake Superior Coal Co. Superior, W. Va. Osborne Register Company wv_2753g1 WV 2753G1 (R-3) Gulf Smokeless Coal Co. (Tams, W. Va.) Osborne Register Company wv_2829g1 WV 2829G1 (R-2) Semet-Solvay Division Allied Chemical & Dye Corporation Tralee, W. Va. Osborne Register Company Scrip added to collection February 1997 wv_81h10_2 WV81H10_2 (R-3) Amherst Coal Company Amherstdale, W. Va. wv_81h25 WV81H25 (R-3) Amherst Coal Company Amherstdale, W. Va. wv_81k5 WV81K5 (R-6) Amherst Coal Company Amherstdale, W. Va. wv_201f25 WV201F25 (R-7) Seneca Stores Company (c/s for Greenbrier Smokeless Coal Co.) (Bellburn, W. Va.) wv_243g10_1 WV243G10_1 (R-6) Leccony Smokeless Coal Co. (Besoco, W. Va.) heavily worn wv_243g10_2 WV243G10_2 (R-6) Leccony Smokeless Coal Co. (Besoco, W. Va.) heavily worn wv_443b5 WV443B5 (R-1) Cameo Splint Coal Co., Inc. Cameo, W. Va. wv_443b50_2 WV443B50_2 (R-3) Cameo Splint Coal Co., Inc. Cameo, W. Va. wv_513b1 WV513B1 (R-6) Kanawha By-Prod. Coal Co. Cedar Grove, W. Va. wv_697d25 WV697D25 (R-6) Seneca Stores Company (c/s for Johnson Coal & Coke Co.) (Crichton, W. Va.) wv_685f100 WV685F100 (R-9)The New River Company Cranberry, W. Va. wv_921c25a WV921C25a (R-4) Branch Coal & Coke Co. Elverton, W. VA. wv_1123a5 WV1123A5 (R-2) Glen Alum Coal Company (Glen Alum, W. Va.) wv_1123a10 WV1123A10 (R-2) Glen Alum Coal Company (Glen Alum, W. Va.) wv_1123a25 WV1123A25 (R-3) Glen Alum Coal Company (Glen Alum, W. Va.) wv_1123a50 WV1123A50 (R-5) Glen Alum Coal Company (Glen Alum, W. Va.) wv_1579b25 WV1579B25 (R-4) Laurel Creek Coal Co. Laurel Creek, W. Va wv_1579c10 WV1579C10 (R-6) Laurel Creek Coal Co. Laurel Creek, W. Va wv_1613f25 WV1613F25 (R-6) Seneca Stores Company (c/s for Johnstown Coal & Coke Co.) (Leslie, W. Va.) wv_1697h5 WV1697H5 (R-1) Logan County Coal Corporation Lundale, W. Va. wv_1697h10a WV1697H10 (R-1) Logan County Coal Corporation Lundale, W. Va. wv_1697n25_2 WV1697N25_2 (R-2) Logan County Coal Corporation Lundale, W. Va. wv_1745c25b WV1745C25b (R-8) Christian Colliery Co. Mahan, W. Va. wv_2331c5 WV2331C5 (R-1) Imperial Smokeless Coal Co. Quinwood, W. Va. wv_2531f100 WV2531F100 (R-3) The New River Company Scarbro, W. Va. wv_2647e100 WV2647E100 (R-5) The New River Company Stanaford, W. Va. wv_2711g100 WV2711G100 (R-7) The New River Company Sumerlee, W. Va. wv_2723k1 WV 2723K1 (R-1) Lake Superior Coal Co. Superior, W. Va. wv_20771b10a WV2771B10a (R-2) Mingo Mining Company Thacker Mines, W. Va. wv_2771b50 WV2771B50 (R-3) Mingo Mining Company Thacker Mines, W. Va. wv_3101a100 WV3101A100 (R-6) Wyoming Coal Company (Wyco, W. Va.) piece has been bent, notice aluminum material ky_2545b10 KY2545B10 (R-1) South East Coal Company, Incorporated Seco, Ky. ky_2545b100_2 KY2545B100_2 (R-3) South East Coal Company, Incorporated Seco, Ky. va_291c25 VA291C25 (R-1) Gibson Fuel Co., Inc. Blackwood, Va. va_291c50_2 VA291C50_2 (R-2) Gibson Fuel Co., Inc. Blackwood, Va. Explosive Control Tokens Identification numbers and rarity are those listed by David Schenkman in Explosive Control. Tokens, published by the National Scrip Collectors Association. S6 (A) (Keystone Coal and Coke Company) (Greensburg, Pa.) Good for 3 Sticks Powder Uattributed manufacturer

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